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Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases is strongly suggested by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) if you are sexually active. To maintain your health and the health of your partner, get tested for STDs at AFC Urgent Care South Philly. Our STD testing in Philadelphia is accurate, quick, and completely confidential. If you do come back with a positive test result, we can provide you with treatment and medical care if needed in most cases.
Most of the time, at our walk-in clinic in Philadelphia, you can receive STD Treatments for sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections. Some of the most common STDs and STIs we treat at AFC Urgent Care South Philly are:
Please note that we can not provide treatment for HIV infections at this time, only testing for it. A primary care physician is generally considered better equipped to help manage this infection and provide more treatment information.
If bacteria is the cause of a sexually transmitted disease or sexually transmitted infection, it can generally be treated if caught early. Antibiotics are usually very effective against STDs and STIs caused by bacteria. Viral STDs and STIs can not be treated using antibiotics. These infections can be challenging to treat and can not always be cured. They must be treated with antiviral medications, and if not cured, they must be managed. If you are pregnant and have risk factors for an STD or STI, immediate testing is suggested so treatment can begin if there is a positive result. The sooner treatment begins, the easier it will be to protect a fetus from infection.
STD Treatments generally involve the use of antibiotics and antiviral drugs. Both are available at AFC Urgent Care South Philly.
If your STD is the result of a parasite or a bacteria, today’s antibiotics are an effective solution to treating them. Depending on the nature of your STD or STI, this medication can be given over several days or in a single dose. Chlamydia, trichomoniasis, syphilis, and gonorrhea can be treated this way. Multiple STDs can also be treated at the same time with antibiotics, which is not uncommon. If your treatment plan involves taking this medicine for several days, you should finish the entire course even if you are feeling better and experiencing no symptoms. Please let our staff know about any drug allergies you may have on your patient registration form. This information helps us avoid prescribing anything that may result in an allergic reaction.
Viral STDs and STIs, like HIV and herpes, will not respond to antibiotics. For these infections, antiviral drugs will be prescribed. Not all viral infections can be cured, unfortunately. In these cases, these medications will be used to manage symptoms, reduce the recurrence of outbreaks, and lower the risk of transmission. If you are using antiviral drugs to manage your infection, keep in mind that you could still infect your partner. The sooner someone with a viral infection starts an antiviral treatment plan, the more effective it will be. It will help keep your STD infections in check and hopefully make them more manageable.
Antiviral drugs and antibiotics are available at our walk-in urgent care center for STD and STI Treatments. Additional medications can also be ordered if needed depending on the nature of your infection.
Sexual activity should be avoided for at least seven days after finishing your antibiotic treatment. Although you may no longer be showing symptoms of an infection, complete your entire medication regimen to prevent your STD or STI from returning. Avoid sexual activity if any sores are still visible until they fully heal. Retesting for an STD or STI should be considered after three months as there is a higher chance of reinfection. Follow these guidelines to protect your health and the health of your partner.
You can expect complete confidential STD treatment at our clinic in Philadelphia. If you are receiving treatment for an STD or STI, contact any current or past sexual partners within the last year. To protect their sexual health, they should be tested as well. Regardless if they have infected you or you have infected them, they may be unaware that they need treatment. The sooner an STD treatment begins, the easier it will be for them to manage their infection.
Check with the local health department if you have difficulty contacting your past sex partners. Specialized personnel may be available to help with the notification process. To protect the health of your community, anyone at risk for an STD infection must be informed so they can get tested and if needed, begin treatment.
Due to the stress related to STD Testing, some people may want to bypass that altogether and begin immediately with treatment. This is understandable. However, our doctors will not prescribe any treatment without positive test results. Medications for STDs and STIs must only be used if there is an actual infection. Once it is confirmed through confidential STD Testing, we can begin a treatment plan. Do not put off STD Testing or STD Treatment if you are at risk for an infection. Avoiding or delaying treatment can result in chronic symptoms, complications, other severe medical conditions, and even death. Protect your health, the health of your partners, and your community by seeking testing and treatment for STDs and STIs.
At AFC Urgent Care South Philly, you will experience a judgment-free environment where our only concern is helping you feel better. The more honest you are with our staff and doctors, the more effective our treatment will be. Avoid placing blame on a partner, as it can be challenging to determine the source of infection. Instead, let us work with you to concentrate on your health.
AFC Urgent Care South Philly is available seven days a week to provide you the health care you need for your STD or STI. We can help educate you and provide you with STD Treatments. Call today at (215) 964-9250.
Not all STDs are curable and instead need to be managed. Our providers will talk with you about the treatment plans regarding your STD.
Without your express written permission, we will not release any treatment information to anyone, including any doctors.
That depends on what we’re ultimately testing for. Some tests include swabs of the genitals or mouth, while others require urine or blood tests.
There are many different STDs, so the risks will depend on the disease. Cancer, infertility, transmission to sexual partners, and harm to unborn babies are a few risks of leaving STDs untreated.